We had the official premiere of “Karri’s Story” on October 20th with Karri’s friends, classmates, and family in attendance. This eleven minute documentary tells the story of Karri, a young adult who has grown up with FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.) Holly Biggar (Producer), Robyn Sheppard (Director) and Carolyn McCartney (Karri’s mom) invited me to work on the this moving story about a girl becoming a woman, who, despite the numerous challenges of living with FASD, lives every day with the compassion and bravery we all wish to integrate into our lives.
The documentary will be utilized in school settings and at educational conferences to raise awareness about people living with FASD with the aim to create more inclusive settings in both classrooms and workplaces. For a link to the film (active November 2015) visit the Provincial Outreach Program for FASD website (POPFASD). Sandy Boscariol from POPFASD worked as a consultant for the film and will be working to ensure the film is seen across the province.
This summer’s program was our biggest and boldest yet. So much fun, so many movies and so many filmmakers unleashed in the world.
One and Two Week Programs for New and Advanced Filmmakers – SUMMER 2015
PRODUCTION CREW: 6-7 year olds
July 6-10th, Monday to Friday 9AM-12PM
JUNIOR DIRECTOR’S SEAT: 8-10 year olds
July 27-31st, Monday to Friday 9AM-3PM
DIRECTOR’S SEAT: 11-13 year olds
July 20-24th, Monday to Friday 9AM-3PM
SENIOR DIRECTOR’S SEAT: 14-18 year olds
Earn 4 high school credits through SelfDesign High (not Selkirk College)
Grade 10, 11, 12 participants who reside in BC
July 6-17th, Monday to Friday, 9AM-3PM
Youth ages 6-18 create dynamic short digital films from start to finish
All sessions take place on the 10th Street Campus of Selkirk College where participants have direct access to professional camera gear and the latest in digital film software
Professional instructors facilitate a safe, fun and hands-on environment for all types of learners
Participants work as a crew to develop the technical and creative skills of filmmaking as cooperation, communication and leadership skills are emphasized throughout the learning process
All programs run Monday–Friday, from 9am–3pm, except the 6-7 year olds who attend from 9AM-12PM each day.
The Graduation Celebration takes place on the last Friday. All family and friends are invited to a screening of the final films.
This last week CBC called to do a radio interview and web story on Dreamers and Dissidents following the broadcast premiere on the Knowledge Network on Monday, August 3rd. Here’s the web story and link to the radio interview. Chris Walker seemed to want a little controversy in the radio interview – asking about gentrification of Nelson. Listen for my response…STORY AND INTERVIEW HERE
The following interview was conducted by Brielle Morgan from Knowledge Network with Amy Bohigian about Dreamers and Dissidents. It can be found here on the Knowledge Network website
The broadcast premiere of Dreamers and Dissidents is August 3rd at 8PM. For those of you without cable, visit www.knowledge.ca to view the series starting on August 3rd at 8PM.
I was asked by Kootenay Lake/School District 8 wanted to showcase the innovative approach that Teresa Olleck, a grade one teacher from South Nelson Elementary School, takes to teach her students about nature and community. It’s no coincidence that my kids are in her class – it was an absolute pleasure seeing a master teacher in action alongside my children and their classmates over the course of the school year. “The Forest Garden” video follows the 21 students and their teacher on their weekly trips to the community garden space where they learn how to steward a public space and find delight in the animals and plants of the garden. See the video here: https://vimeo.com/130352129
It was fun to be profiled in the Fernie Fix here. Thanks to Hannah Griffin who tracked me down and did this interview. While we didn’t actually cross paths in the wilds of Ontario, she became a staff member at YMCA Camp Pinecrest where I used to work before I moved to Nelson. Small world.
Small or large groups from various schools or organizations are welcome as workshops will be customized based on the function of the group. For instance, theatre classes can come explore identity and characterization, a social studies class can come explore the significance of stereotyping and models of community building and a media related course could explore themes of individual and group expression and perception through the use of technology.
Workshops run January 28, 29, February 4-6 and 11-13 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and each can run for 1 to 2 hours in length depending on the needs of the group. They will be facilitated by the artist and filmmaker who created the exhibit, Amy Bohigian. The exhibit is up at Touchstones until February 15th. Here’s the article that Will Johnston wrote for the Nelson Star.
One part art installation, one part social experiment and one part community development exercise, Wide Shot/Close Up is intended to expose and explore how individuals present their own identity to others and how this impacts the way community is built. It is meant to engage a larger audience about the questions of how people from various backgrounds and beliefs can connect in meaningful ways.
This project is funded by a major project grant from the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance and the The Mir Centre for Peace is partnering with Watershed Productions on content and delivery. The Presenting Sponsor is Kootenay Co-op.
Thanks to the following people for the support: Joy Barrett, Jane Byers, Jocelyn Carver, Jim Drake, Ian Johnston, Daryl Jolly, Gregory Mackenzie, Janet McCulloch, Miriam Needoba, Rachel Schmidt, Diane Walters, Bryan Webb, Rachel Yoder.
Big gratitude for the courage and open minds of these people for showing up to participate: Allison Alder, Jen Callow, Gisele Chouinard, Jennifer Craig, April Cuffy, Rick Galbraith, Dagmar Galt, Shane Hainsworth, Margaret Hornby, Lena Horswill, Helen Kissinger, Laran Kriese, Donna Macdonald, Chris MacMillan, Lil Maio, Lily Mayall, Kendall McPherson, Lily Miller, Gary Ramsbottom, Sacha Sebestyen, Shelley Stetsko, Isaac Thiessen, Max Thiessen, Brian Zacharias.
Thursday March 5th, 2015 – 7PM at Kootenay Studio Arts, 606 Victoria St, Nelson. Admission by Donation.
Join filmmaker and educator, Amy Bohigian, to explore how art has been used to engender social change and peace in a variety of settings at the next Mir Peace Cafe called “Art for Social Change”. We will discuss a handful of exemplary arts-based community development projects within the context of how we can positively engage artists and community stakeholders around a particular issue to create social change. It’s a great fit for individuals working in the social sector looking to explore arts-based community development and for activist minded artists.
Want a memorable night on the town while you support the Nelson and District Women’s Centre? Look no further. I have the honour of MC’ing this wonderful fundraiser which includes the great local talent of Slava Doval, Lisel Forst, Krista Lynch and Oxygen Orkestar. Friday, November 28th, 7PM at the Prestige. See the Nelson Star article about Womaginarium.
Three weeks of the Summer Film Camp has just wrapped up and there are now 48 more young filmmakers who have been super-charged and sent into the community with new filmmaking skills.
We had many returning participants, including some 4, 5 and 6 year veterans of the film camp! The Senior Director’s Seat has made a tradition of screening their new films at the Civic on the last day of the program. This year, 11 proud young filmmakers screened to a friendly audience to great acclaim. Jason Asbell and Andrew Fry worked with these 14-18 year olds throughout the two-week intensive program, with Bryan Webb helping out during a few days of production.
Lily Miller, James Tucker and Noah Gaffran were the recipients of the Kootenay Emerging Filmmaker Award made possible by a grant from the Osprey Community Foundation’s Arts Legacy Fund. These three youth received a full scholarship to attend the two-week intensive film camp and each will get further mentorship as they move forward in their filmmaking careers. See the Nelson Star article here.
For the first time ever, we had a 6-7 year old program Production Crew. These little filmmakers had big heart and made three films in just 15 hours of film camp. The Junior Director’s Seat and Director’s Seat program saw 28 young filmmakers come to the 10th Street Campus where 11 films between 28 participants.
Check out our Summer Film Camp Youtube Channel where you can see all the movies from this past summer and many of the ones we’ve made since the camp was founded in 2007.